a decorative, sometimes ornate, light fixture suspended from a ceiling, usually having branched supports for a number of lights.

Origin of chandelier

1655–65; < French: literally, something that holds candles; see chandler
Related formschan·de·liered, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for chandelier

crown, corona, luster, candelabrum, candleholder, gasolier

Examples from the Web for chandelier

Contemporary Examples of chandelier

Historical Examples of chandelier

  • He turned toward the hall door as if with the intention of lighting the chandelier.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • She stood under the chandelier, and he saw at once the ravages that trouble had made in her.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • His Highness held the bottle at an oblique angle with the chandelier.

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • The house was merely lighted by a chandelier from the centre.

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • Under the blaze of the chandelier and amid a chorus of "Babs darling!"

British Dictionary definitions for chandelier



an ornamental hanging light with branches and holders for several candles or bulbs

Word Origin for chandelier

C17: from French: candleholder, from Latin candelabrum
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Word Origin and History for chandelier

late 14c., chaundeler "candlestick, chandelier," from Old French chandelier (n.1), 12c., earlier chandelabre "candlestick, candelabrum" (10c.), from Latin candelabrum, from candela "candle" (see candle). Re-spelled mid-18c. in French fashion; during 17c. the French spelling referred to a military device.

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